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Vietnamese Shrimp and Glass Noodle Salad

As we write and reflect today, September 11, 2011, I can’t help but be reminded of what those of us who gathered for our 20th annual North & East Neighborhood Picnic experienced yesterday as we assembled together with old and new friends on the grassy lawn of our neighborhood park… community.  I well remember the […]

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4 Cheese Baked Pasta with Mushrooms

One of the Saturday morning rituals at our house is to watch the mélange of cooking shows on our local public television channel, KQED.  Many times we are inspired to take dishes that are prepared on the show, dissect the ingredients and give a critical personal analysis of the cooking techniques used in their preparation… and […]

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Sesame Chicken and Noodle Salad with Crisp Garden Vegetables

Summer is drawing to a close with its unofficial end slated for the upcoming Labor Day weekend.  The good news, however, is that barbeques by the thousands will be fired up in backyards all across the country from East to West and North to South.  Everywhere the air will be filled with the enticing aromas […]

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Asian Style Spicy Noodles

My flight from Narita International Airport outside of Tokyo to Bangkok’s Don Muang International Airport had been pleasant and uneventful.  I arrived at 5:00 PM on a Sunday afternoon and, following my journey through customs and baggage claim, was met by the distributors who were going to be my hosts during my days of business in Thailand.  It […]

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Roasted Bell Pepper and Pasta Salad

Bell peppers have been referred to as the Christmas ornaments of the vegetable world.  Their beautiful bell shape featuring three or more lobes,  glossy skin and variety of vivid colors from green to red to purple to yellow and orange shout out festive excitement all twelve months of the year.  In spite of the varied palette all are […]

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Garden Fritatta on a Crisp Noodle Pancake

Several friends will be joining us at noon next Sunday to enjoy a beautiful al fresco brunch amidst the leafing red and green Japanese maples, the showy pink apple blossoms and the snow white azaleas just now coming into full bloom in our gardens, the fountains bubbling and singing merrily in the warmth of the midday sun.  The buffet […]

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Nonno Panecaldo’s “Sunday Sauce”… Pasta with Meatballs

  Even though the first official day of winter has yet to arrive the temperatures here in the San Francisco Bay Area these past few days are keen reminders that Old Man Winter is blowing frigid Arctic air down along the length of the Pacific coast, suggesting that we all stay indoors huddled around a warm crackling fire… or snuggled […]

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Timballo di Melanzane

   A timballo is a famous baked Italian pasta dish which takes its name from the Italian word for a large kettle drum.  It is a dish that is found throughout Italy but is most prevalent in the southern half of the country.  Each of the four provinces in the Abruzzo Region of Italy has […]

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Baked Pasta with Butternut Squash and Sweet Italian Sausage

   We find it fascinating to walk down the pasta aisle of our local market and marvel with amazement at all of the different shapes, many of them whimsical, that are available for preparation in our kitchens and dining enjoyment at our tables.  In our home we most often use, like many of you probably do, spaghetti, […]

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Braised Pork Shoulder with Tarragon and Thyme

Growing up on a farm in our country’s heartland was filled with many adventures for a youngster!  There were always new things to do, see and smell as the seasons went from spring planting to fall’s bountiful harvest.  I remember well the fragrance of the rich black topsoil as it would be prepared for planting corn, […]

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